The 10 Most Spectacular Swim-up Bars in the World

Crystal Cove Resort in Barbados

Crystal Cove Resort in Barbados

Crystal Cove offers three separate pools decked out to look like lagoons, with water splish-splashing down all around you as you indulge in a refreshing margarita to cool you down, seeing how you’re in the Caribbean and all. Just don’t leave the bar area with your drink, or you’ll find it becomes very watered down very quickly…

Hotel Monte Mulini in Rovinj, Croatia

Hotel Monte Mulini in Rovinj, Croatia

This may just be the best hotel in the world for alcoholics – the Hotel Monte Mulini on the Istrian coast of Croatia has numerous bars, a licensed “wellness spa” and a prestigious wine cellar. The only problem you might have is that you drink too much and can’t get physically get yourself out of the water to go to bed.

Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, UAB

Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, UAB

Keeping in typical Dubai tourism fashion, the Kempinski is a very luxurious and elegant place with its own private beach. But then again, can you really call it a private beach when you’ve got every man and his dog chilling up in the air-conditioned pool bar people watching over a beer?

Room Mate Grace in New York, USA

Room Mate Grace in New York, USA

Anyway, let’s step away from the mundane “pool bar that spills over into the ocean” style and check out this classy indoor swim-up bar located inside the Room Mate Grace in downtown Manhattan. I mean, I guess you’ve got the Hudson River nearby but this isn’t the same thing. I suspect you get some very high-class people at this one!

The Kee Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand

The Kee Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand

Guests at the Kee Resort generally indulge in the deluxe spa treatment (for which there is a massive 8-room complex to facilitate massages, manicures, pedicures, etc.) before being guided down the steps into this paradise and handed a refreshing cocktail from the friendly bar tender over at the swim-up bar. If you could be any more relaxed than this, you’d slip into a coma.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Maui, Hawaii

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Maui, Hawaii

Not every resort feels the need to boast and brag about its amazing swim-up bar experience. The Hyatt Regency in Maui, for example, has gone for the more intimate, secluded style, designing its swim-up bar to be tucked away underneath a kind of tunnel that looks like something out of a theme park log ride. This would be a great for a quiet romantic drink with a partner!

Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort in Cancun, Mexico

Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort in Cancun, Mexico

There isn’t another resort out there that has utilized its proximity to the beach as well as the Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort in Cancun. With its intertwining tropical pools, flashy water fountains and even a whirlpool. An easy swim over to the sand will offer scuba diving and aqua aerobics if you’d like!

Blau Colonia Sant Jordi Resort & Spa in Colonia de Sant Jordi, Mallorca

Blau Colonia Sant Jordi Resort & Spa in Colonia de Sant Jordi, Mallorca

Okay, there’s been a strong lean towards honeymoon-style holiday resorts so far, so here is a much more family friendly resort for those who are bringing kids along with them on their next big trip. The Blau Colonia Sant Jardi caters to children with playgrounds, entertainment, and all kinds of treats to keep kids amused while the parents sneak off to this blissful swim-up bar.

The Regent Palms in Turks & Caicos Islands

The Regent Palms in Turks & Caicos Islands

Considering the huge popularity and reputation that the Caribbean’s Grace Bay Beach has, it’s quite remarkable how much of a low profile the Regent Palms has managed to maintain over the years, as it’s literally about twenty steps off the sand.

 

The designers even came up with the genius idea to install these bar booths around the edges of the pool, so groups of people can swim over after they grab their drink and sit around the table.

Club Hotel Riu Karamboa in Boa Vista, Cape Verde

Club Hotel Riu Karamboa in Boa Vista, Cape Verde

Boa Vista may not be the easiest place to get to (its part of Cape Verde, a cluster of islands quite far off the coast of Mauritania and Senegal, Western Africa) but once you get there, trust me – they will look after you. Riu Karamboa especially has a sterling reputation as one of the finest accommodations in the region, and it’s easy to see why!